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Torrefied Tops
One of the special tonal characteristics of an acoustic guitar is the way its sound opens up over time as a result of the wood’s natural aging process and from being played-in. The soundboard on a new guitar initially tends to be more resistant to moving but over time becomes resonant and responsive. It’s the result of a natural molecular change in the cell structure of the wood. Torrefaction is a roasting technique that greatly accelerates this process, enabling a new guitar to sound much older. Andy Powers developed his own recipe for torrefying spruce tops on the 600 Series. The result is a more efficient energy transfer from the strings, which makes the top incredibly responsive, as though the notes are virtually falling out of the guitar when you play. One of the visible effects is a darkening of the top. In many cases a torrefied spruce top visually resembles cedar or a much older spruce top.

Video: Watch how our special roasting process creates a vintage sound
Thin Finish and Color
The 600 Series incorporates the same tone-enhancing, ultra-thin 3.5 mil (.0035 inch) gloss finish as Taylor’s 800 Series. What’s better is that we also figured out how to apply a rich, dark stain to the wood without adding to the overall material thickness. The stain (“Brown Sugar”) was inspired by the hand-rubbed stains of the 1920s that were used on maple violin family instruments. It beautifully highlights maple’s fiddleback figure with a warm vintage flair, and also adds a deep hue to the rock maple neck. The spruce tops feature finish alone without the stain to showcase the dark patina created from the torrefaction process.

Video: Watch how the stain and finish maximizes tonal output
New Appointments
With the new Brown Sugar stain on the maple back and sides setting the tone visually, fresh appointments further refine the aesthetic with a special attention to detail. Featured materials include ebony, reflecting a desire to use wood from our mill in Cameroon, and grained ivoroid, a nod to the material’s rich heritage as a premium decorative detail on fine goods such as picture and mirror frames, women’s hair brush handles, and billiard balls going back to the late 1800s. Featured appointments include:

  • Grained ivoroid Wing fretboard inlays
  • Gloss-finish ebony backstrap with inlay
  • Ebony/grained ivoroid binding and purfling
  • Paua rosette edged with ebony/grained ivoroid
  • Ebony-bound soundhole
  • Striped ebony pickguard
View Photo Gallery Video: See how our visual details honor maple’s rich heritage